National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Four French Composers Inspired by Spain
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - Saturday, March 14, 2015

Iberian culture's impact on France is explored through Ravel's Boléro, Chabrier's España, Debussy's Ibéria, and Lalo's Symphonie espagnole featuring violinist Leticia Moreno's NSO debut.

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IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
France/Spain
Ravel's Boléro, Debussy's Ibéria,
& other French works inspired by Spain

No country has fallen under the Iberian influence more than the peninsula's neighbor across the Pyrenees: France. Time and again, French composers have been fascinated by the soundscape of Spain--and NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach brings four of their works to this eclectic program. Emmanuel Chabrier celebrates the charms of Spain in España, Édouard Lalo's Symphonie espagnole features the NSO debut of "captivating" Spanish violinist Leticia Moreno, hailed for her "exalted lyricism and expressivity" by El País (Spain). Claude Debussy's Ibéria is a soaring symphonic journey from his musical travelogue Images. And Maurice Ravel's passionate ballet score Boléro uses different instruments to steadily crescendo its famous theme to a rambunctious, full-orchestra climax.

Natasha Bogachek, NSO violin, on Lalo's Symphonie espagnole:
"One of my earliest childhood musical memories is a recording of Lalo's Symphonie espagnole--this is when I fell in love with the violin. I was fascinated by all the dazzling Spanish rhythms. To this day, the work brings me great joy and excitement whenever I get to hear or accompany it."

Performance Timing: Part One - 43 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 35 min.

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